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Reports: Browns ORG Yates out for season

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By PFW staff

Browns ORG Billy Yates will miss the rest of the season with a biceps injury, head coach Eric Mangini said Monday, according to multiple media reports. Also, OLB Scott Fujita will be out "a little while" with a knee injury, according to Mangini.

In better injury news for Cleveland, CB Sheldon Brown (shoulder) and WR-RS Joshua Cribbs (toes) could practice and play Sunday at Jacksonville after leaving Sunday's 26-20 OT loss to the Jets with their injuries.

Yates had started the past three games in place of Floyd Womack at right guard after Womack was moved to right tackle to replace Tony Pashos, who had suffered a season-ending injury of his own.

Fujita, who has been one of the Browns' top defensive players this season, has notched 51 tackles and 3½ sacks. Veteran David Bowens took his place in the lineup. 

Brown was replaced Sunday by rookie CB Joe Haden, who grabbed his second career interception. Haden also filled in for Cribbs, one of the NFL's most well-regarded returners, on kickoffs.

The way we see it

The injury to Yates likely means rookie Shawn Lauvao will make his first career start vs. Jacksonville. Lauvao showed promise in training camp but suffered an injury and was passed by both Womack and Yates in the pecking order for playing time.

The Browns have good depth at outside linebacker, but Fujita has been one of their top all-around defenders this season; the sooner he returns to the lineup, the better.

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